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Make It Work: Publishers Need to Embrace Ebooks

"It's been a big year for ebooks. We've seen exponential growth in market share and revenue, new platforms and readers, and even what some might call 'recognition,' most notably in the creation of an ebook best-seller list in The New York Times.
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Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011 | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Critic, gadfly, supporter of the Iraq war, misogynist, atheist. Christopher Hitchens was all these things.
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New Jane Austen family papers made available for public viewing

New Jane Austen family papers made available for public viewing | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The good news is that a slate of Jane Austen family books, previously available only to academics, has been digitized and is being offered for viewing by members of the public.
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Kobo to be acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten

Kobo to be acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Kobo announced Tuesday it has entered into a definite agreement under which it will be acquired by the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. The deal is expected to close in early 2012.
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HarperCollins Canada wins CNIB award for advancing library services

HarperCollins Canada wins CNIB award for advancing library services | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Last week, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind named HarperCollins Canada the winner of the 2011 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award.
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Plagiarism case heads to court as Canadian authors file lawsuit against Zhang, Penguin Canada

Plagiarism case heads to court as Canadian authors file lawsuit against Zhang, Penguin Canada | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The controversy surrounding Ling Zhang’s novel Gold Mountain Blues continues to escalate, as a group of Canadian authors are now taking their allegations of plagiarism to court.
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Google eBookstore Opens in Canada

Google eBookstore Opens in Canada | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The Google eBookstore has launched in Canada, selling books from the large publishing multinational houses and some Canadian independent houses. More to come, says Google.
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Hyperink's Innovative E-book Model Gets Funding from Andreessen

"...Research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) shows the explosion of e-reading devices like Kindles and iPads has seen a hike in the percentage of print book consumers who are now downloading e-books.
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An Ode to Cheap Books in a Former Borders

An Ode to Cheap Books in a Former Borders | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Martin Carmody has rented out the former home of a Borders, rearranged some letters on the sign and opened his own low-budget bookstore.
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New Book Stats: As Print Book Revenues Plunge, E-Books Aren't Making It Up

"Looking at book publishing statistics and noting huge e-book growth is fun--but not in the case of the new statistics released by the Association of American Publishers, which show print book revenues substantially down and the 161 percent growth...
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6 Key Takeaways From Aptara’s 3rd Annual Survey of Ebook Publishers

6 Key Takeaways From Aptara’s 3rd Annual Survey of Ebook Publishers | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Matt Mullin, Community Relations Manager, Digital Book World | @mrmullin
At Digital Book World, we’re always looking to find more data on our rapidly evolving industry.
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Erin Bow’s Plain Kate wins TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Erin Bow’s Plain Kate wins TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Erin Bow has won this year’s TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for her historical fantasy YA novel Plain Kate, published by Scholastic Canada.
Bow received her $25,000 prize at a gala event in Toronto last night.
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Independent bookstores are not doomed. Here’s how they can fight back against Amazon.

Independent bookstores are not doomed. Here’s how they can fight back against Amazon. | Acquiring | Scoop.it
I didn’t make a lot of friends in the retail and publishing industries last week when I suggested that independent bookstores were the spawn of Satan.
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Ten Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012

Ten Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012 | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
It’s been a stormy year for book publishing, with many major players in the industry making big changes.
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Why the Nook's Books Could Trump the Kindle's Sizzle | Digital Book World

Why the Nook's Books Could Trump the Kindle's Sizzle | Digital Book World | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Today it may be that gigabytes and screen specs sell Kindles, Nooks and iPads. Tomorrow, it may be Android, iOS, apps and, yes, book selection.
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Publishing Perils in the Digital Age

Publishing Perils in the Digital Age | Acquiring | Scoop.it
A Hawaiian novelist finds her book contract canceled after she self-publishes a book with Amazon.
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For Amazon Prime Readers, a Lending Library

For Amazon Prime Readers, a Lending Library | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The new program would loan eligible Kindle customers a free e-book every month.
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Kobo GM: Why Buy Books From Amazon?

Kobo GM: Why Buy Books From Amazon? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World Toasters, coffee machines and vacuum cleaners are all perfectly good things to buy on Amazon, the general manager of Toronto-based Kobo told us yesterday when we sat down with him for a...
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Jian Ghomeshi’s literary memoir to be published by Penguin Canada

Jian Ghomeshi’s literary memoir to be published by Penguin Canada | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Once he was the king of Spain, and soon Jian Ghomeshi can call himself a published author, too.
Rights for the CBC Radio host’s literary memoir, 1982, have been purchased by Penguin Canada publisher Diane Turbide.
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Amazon Lending Publishers a Hand With New Library?

Amazon Lending Publishers a Hand With New Library? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World
Retail and bookselling giant Amazon Inc. is giving readers another way to obtain books, but is it good for publishers?
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Whose book is it, anyway?

Whose book is it, anyway? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Even after I wrote a couple of posts about Amazon's Kindle announcements last week, something still nagged me - I sensed there was an angle I was missing - and two nights ago it finally hit me.
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Library and Archives Canada To Publish Historical Canada Gazette

Library and Archives Canada To Publish Historical Canada Gazette | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Library and Archives Canada has announced
that it is posting all issues of the Canada Gazette dating back to
1841. The issues are full text searchable.
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Is the Death of Borders Really Good for Independent Bookstores?

"BookStats, a recent survey conducted by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group, is underpinned by the recognition that the publishing industry, once a fairly focused entity, has transformed and differentiated...
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BISG Annual Meeting Looks at Projects, World Book Night

"In Tuesday's Book Industry Study Group annual meeting--the first run by new executive director Len Vlaho--members were brought up-to-date on various projects and initiatives and confirmed the appointment of Hachette Book Group's COO Ken Michaels...
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